JD Exclusive Horsemanship Program
Your personal JD horsemanship journey starts here.
We developed our exclusive JD Horsemanship program over the years of teaching our equine volunteers our unique and heartfelt connection with our horses. We shaped and adjusted our program over the years working with so many different personalities and age groups of horses and learning from the best international trainers teaching us further here at JD. We developed our very own flavour and created a unique formula out of the different type of training ingredients that we felt were aligning with our JD philosophy.
In this program you will get a good inside into our gentle JD Horsemanship training methods and one-on-one sessions on a relaxed and exclusive holiday base. You will also learn more about our philosophy behind our training and that living and communicating with horses is not all about training but rather about understanding and feel!
Learn to truly live with and train horses force free and with respect & love and experience the joy and freedom of this!
Surround yourself with the healing and inspiring spirit of Joseph’s Dream Stud in the silence of the African bush! When joining our exclusive training program you’ll have plenty of free time to breathe in the stunning and intense African nature, colourful sunrises and sunsets everyday and let your soul be filled up by the incredible concert of nature in these magical hours of the day! View our free roaming game at our local waterhole at dusk or dig into a book at your private luxury terrace of your chalet. Enjoy a dip into your private sitting pool on your veranda with a glass of wine. Take a stroll amongst the paddocks and meet our affectionate JD foals & Alpacas or indulge in some sweet cuddles from our Mini Donkeys and Mini Horses...
Our peaceful and modern shaped green village provides accomodation for you during your stay in one of our classy, free standing chalets with peaceful veranda and mini pool. (We have single occupation chalets and double occupation chalets, all rooms have private bathrooms.) You can choose your individual chalet upfront with photos on request.
Learn to read and then communicate with horses in trust and joy with different methods like Liberty, Trust exercises, Clicker Training, Bodywork and more to truly connect force free!
8:00-10:00 Breakfast to the sound of our beautiful African birdlife
10:00 Module Theory followed by Demo
11:30 - 13:00 Private Horsemanship lessons with JD Trainer (split up in 40 Minutes slots per Person)
13:00 -14:00 Lunch
14:00 -17:00 Private Horsemanship lessons with JD Trainer (split up in 40 Minutes slots per Person)
17:00 Hours of the magical light... private time to enjoy your luxury chalet and the surrounding beauty at Sandwerf
18:30/19:00 Dinner to a stunning Afrian sunset (every night! :))
Saturdays & Sundays no sessions.
(Extra activities on offer, details see below.)
Topics you will cover in the daily theory & demo sessions and from which you can choose your daily private training lesson:
Module 1: Our Foundation of JD Horse Training / mindset / stage of mind / bodylanguage / the 3 training energies
Module 2: Our tools - develop feel / flagwork / groundmanners / be & become equal partners
Module 3: Liberty - tricks & challenges
Module 4: Bodywork & awareness / sharpen your eyes and senses
Module 5: 'Parking' & riding / seat training / riding from feel
Module 6: Reward-based-training / target training
Module 7: Biomechanics / healthy movement / balance / in-hand work / healthy working on the circle versus lunging
Module 8: Trusting techniques & mindful sharing / building confidence from true connection
Module 9: Horses in natural environment & herd live / become one with a natural group of horses / meeting the herd in the field in wild nature
We are closing off the 2nd week with beautiful outrides into the African bush and Q&A rounds with JD founder & owner Annika
Logistic and Prices
We are accommodating any level of experience in this program as the exclusive one-on-one practise lessons allow us to adjust the training pace to your individual pace and needs. No age restrictions for this program. (Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult)
Dates for 2023:
Price: € 2500.00
(Including Accomodation & Full Board at Sandwerf, Training Course daily from Mon-Fri)
Please contact us via email if you would like to add a Namibia Tour after this Course to your Journey.
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2 weeks accommodation in one of our stunning chalets at Sandwerf Namibia, kingsize bed & private bathroom & Mini Pool; breakfast, lunch, supper and laundry service
Daily Theory, Demo and private Training sessions (Monday-Fridays)
During your stay at Sandwerf:
Our peaceful and modern shaped green village provides accomodation for you during your stay in one of our unique and light chalets; each room single occupation and each room with private bathroom. Each chalet has a veranda with it's own mini pool. (See pictures below)
Three meals provided by our talented chef on side are included as well as water, juice, tea, coffee - extra drinks are not included and on your own account.
Airport Shuttle from Hosea Kutako International Airport to Sandwerf Retreat Farm: € 35.00 per person
Windhoek & Katutura Town-tour (Day Tour) € 75.00 (lunch included)
Additional Day Tour Safaries at neighbouring private Conservation Park (Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, giraffes and cheetahs on side) € 249.00
(Offered by Marula Conservation Park Namibia directly; prices are subject to change)
You are welcome to book extra weeks within our volunteer program directly with us to deepen your training experience and practise (horsemanship and inner calmness methods) or to (re)learn horse riding the gentle way and to practise your newly gained Parelli skills with our huge variety of horses at stud.
Price: € 950.00 per week (learn more)
Good to know
You are entering Namibia on a Tourism Visa that you will get in form of a stamp at the airport when entering into the country
(Please note only Citizen of the People’s Republic of China will need to apply for an entry visa upfront).
Travel Vaccinations recommended for Namibia are Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhus; as recommended in general for the whole of Africa. Please note that we are located in a non-malaria area (90km from Windhoek). No malaria prophylaxes required.
General Safety & Behaviour Rules and Regulations during your stay at Stud Farm apply.
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